COLORADO SPRINGS GAZETTE: Charter school hands out iPads to students

About 50 Pikes Peak Prep charter school students will begin using iPads in their core classes this year. It’s a move educators hope will cut costs and expand students’ learning opportunities.

“It’s better than staring at paper,” said 10th-grader Eileen Alvarez.

The 15-year-old on Wednesday demonstrated the virtual frog dissection application that takes users step-by-step through the process on the hand-held tablet computer — minus the wet, squishy bits.

Science teacher Marlene Duran is thrilled with the visual and auditory abilities of the high-tech tablets. The frog dissection app not only goes through the experiment but contains pages of information on the amphibians and a biological comparison of frogs and humans.

“Students have a library at their fingertips,” said Pikes Peak Prep Principal Patricia Arnold.

The management company for the school, the GEO Foundation, and the school board decided iPads would make a good investment. Arnold said the iPads are expensive (about $500 retail), but probably cost less than replacing worn-out or outdated textbooks year after year.

Screen shots of any work done on an iPad can be sent to a teacher, akin to handing in traditional work on paper.

“Any time you have interactive technology it’s easier to learn,” said 10th-grader Adrian Martinez, 15.

For now, students can use the iPads — which are to stay in the school building — during their four core classes: math, science, language arts and social studies. However, Arnold said there are plenty of apps that may be used in language, music and art classes in future.

Math teacher Andrew Pompelia has spent about a week searching for applications and figuring out how to incorporate the iPad into his teaching.

Apple has hundreds of educational apps. Many are free, others cost $5.

Pompelia also is using his iPad for class administration, including attendance and e-mail.

“I never have to be behind my desk, I can always be moving among my students,” he said.



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GEO Prep Academy utilizará el sistema en línea EnrollBR para el proceso de inscripción 2021-2022. EnrollBR es un proceso de solicitud común que brinda ayuda a las familias con la correcta elección de la escuela que satisfará las necesidades que sus hijos tengan. Los padres deben seguir las instrucciones a continuación para registrarse para el año escolar 2020-2021.

  1. Haga clic aquí para ir directamente a EnrollBR y comenzar su aplicación.
  2. Necesitará una dirección de correo electrónico. Si no tiene uno, aquí le brendaremos instrucciones para ayudarlo a configurar una cuenta de gmail de Google. Haga clic aquí
  3. Para obtener instrucciones sobre cómo completar la solicitud de inscripción ante de, Haga clic aquí

Para el año escolar 2020-2021, GEO Prep Academy inscribirá los grados K – 8o. Las escuelas están ubicadas en:

  • Grados K-2do – 4006 Platt, Baton Rouge, LA 70814
  • 3ro – 8vo Grados – 2311 N. Sherwood Forest Dr., Baton Rouge, LA 70815

Para obtener información sobre cómo inscribirse en el actual año escolar, comuníquese con la escuela. Se puede contactar a ambas escuelas al número (225) 927-1500.

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GEO Prep Academy will be utilizing the EnrollBR online system for the 2021-2022 enrollment process. EnrollBR is a common application process that assists families with school choice to meet the needs of their child(ren). Parents should follow the below directions to register for the 2020-2021 school year.

  1. Click Here to go directly to EnrollBR and begin your application.
  2. You will need an email address. If you do not have one, there are instructions to help you set up a Google Gmail Account. Click here
  3. For instructions on completing the enrollment application beforehand, Click Here

For the 2020-2021 school year, GEO Prep Academy will be enrolling grades K – 8. The schools are located at:

  • K-2nd Grades – 4006 Platt, Baton Rouge, LA 70814
  • 3rd – 8th Grades – 2311 N. Sherwood Forest Dr., Baton Rouge, LA 70815

For information on enrolling this current school year, please contact the school. Both schools can be contacted at (225) 927-1500.